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Ka Ora Te Reo I Te Aha?

Ko te reo te mauri o te mana Māori*

 

KUA 25 TAU I TE KŌKIRITANGA MAI O WAI11, TE KERĒME REO MĀORI NĀ NGĀ KAIWHAKAPŪMAU I TE REO MĀORI I TUKU. I TĒNEI WĀ NEI E TIKA ANA KIA HOKI WHAKAMURI Ō TĀTOU WHAKAARO KI TAUA WĀ, I ĒNEI TAIKURA E WHAKAPAU KAHA ANA KIA TANGATA WHENUA TŌ TĀTOU REO MĀORI I TŌNA AKE WHENUA, AHAKOA HE TIKA RĀ KIA PĒRĀ.

Me whakamihi i ēnei kaiwhakaihuwaka i puta ai te ihu o tō tātou waka whakaora reo Māori ahakoa te pukepuke o te moana i rere ai rātou kia tata mai te one o koiora. Kia hoki atu tātou ki te kerēme titiro ai i ōna ekenga, kātahi ka anga atu ki te ara whakamua e ora ai tō tātou reo Māori, ko te kerēme o WAI11 kei te ringaringa e mau ana. E 25 tau ki muri nei, e hia kē nei ngā miriona tāra e pau ana i tēnei kaupapa, kāore anō kia tangata whenua te reo i roto i te tokomaha, kāore e rangona ana te reo i ngā wāhi matawhānui, kāore pea e tino rangona ana i ngā marae haunga ko te wā pōhiri. Ka mutu, kāore e taea te kī kua ora anō te reo Māori engari kē ko tāna he mate haere tonu. Nā reira taku pātai ki a tātou, ka ora te reo Māori i te aha?

Mauri tū, mauri ora—Te Kerēme

I ngā tau i mua tonu i a WAI11, aro tōtika ai a Ngāi Māori ki tōna reo e ngoikore haere ana, nā te Kāwanatanga me āna mahi patu reo i hēmanawa ai. Nā Ngā Kaiwhakapūmau i te reo Māori tēnei kerēme i kōkiri. E rua ngā hui i tū, ko tētahi i Te Awakairangi, ko tētahi atu i roto i te uma a Te Tumu Herenga Waka, arā, tō tātou whare nui.
I te marae nei, ka whakapuakihia te tatau kōrero i te 8 o Oketopa, i te 12 katia anō
ai. Matanga reo atu, tohunga atu, pononga reo atu, kaitōrangapū atu, roia Māori atu, a wai atu rānei i tae atu hei whakatakoto iho i ō rātou whakaaro ki mua i te Taraipiunara o Waitangi. Ko tō tātou kuia a Aunty Pae tētahi, nōna i roto i Te Rōpū Wāhine Māori Toko i te Ora.

E toru ngā hua nui i puta mai i te kerēme:

  1. 1. Ko te whakamanawatanga ā-ture o te reo Māori
  2. 2. Ko te whakaaetanga mai kia kōrerohia te reo ki rō kōti
  3. 3. Ko te whakatūnga mai o Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Māori – te hanga māna te whakaoratanga o te reo e whakahaere
    1. Kua takoto te mānuka! Mauri oho, mauri ake!

      Ehara a WAI11 i te mutunga atu o ā tātou mahi hei whakaora i te reo engari kē ia he tīmatanga noa. Mārakerake ana te kitea kāore i te ōrite te mana o te reo Māori ki tō te reo Pākehā, ahakoa te whakahau a te ture kia pērā. Ko te nuinga o Ngāi Māori e tipu Pākehā mai ana me tana reo hei kawe i ōna whakaaro: he tūāporoporo noa iho tō tātou mōhio ki tō tātou reo. Āe mārika he tīmatanga noa iho tēnei kerēme – mā tātou tonu e hiki ake te mānuka i whakatakotohia iho e rātou. Engari anō he uaua pea te whakatau ko tēhea te ara tika hei whakaora i tō tātou reo kia rangona ai tōna waitī, tōna wainene i ngā wāhi katoa. Me waiho mā te Kāwanatanga e kawe? Me waiho mā ngā tamariki o ngā Kōhanga Reo, o ngā kura kaupapa rānei? Me whakahau rānei kia akona katoatia ngā tauira o Aotearoa ki te reo? Mōku ake nei, kotahi tonu te hopo nui e aukati ana i tā te reo whai wāhi i tērā e manakohia ai—ko ngā waiaro a te tangata, Māori mai, Pākehā mai hoki. E kara mā, taihoa e whakatinanahia ake tāku e kōrero nei! Ia te tau, takihuri mai ai ētahi ki te whakatakē, ki te whakaiti i Te Ao Marama, he kore nō rātou e mārama ki āna kōrero. Ka whakapāhotia tana koretake, tana kore whai hua rānei, ka rangona te mauāhara ki te reo Māori, ki te tangata Māori. E hoa mā, waingōhia ana te kī kei te mataku tēnei hunga ki te reo Māori, ā, mā ēnei momo whakaaro e kore ai tō tātou reo Māori i te mata whānui o tēnei whenua. Ka taka mai pea te pātai he aha e whai wāhi nei ētahi atu reo i tēnei whenua? Tiapana mai, Hainamana mai, aha mai rānei. Kōrerotia ai ēnei i ngā wāhi katoa o te whenua me te kore aha mai o te tangata (haunga ko te kaikiri!) Ko te rerekētanga o ēnei ki te reo Māori, ehara ko ēnei reo i te reo rangatira, i te reo motuhake o tēnei whenua – koia tonu te ‘kāri hai’ kei te whatingaringa a te Māori. Kei te pakanga tonu te reo Pākehā ki te reo Māori, engari mō ērā atu reo.

      Heoi anō rā taku pātai, ka ora te reo Māori i te aha? Ki ahau nei, e kore e ora i te aroha, i te whakapau pūtea, i te whai whakaaro noa, i te whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa (amine!) rānei. Ka ora tō tātou reo i te āta whakatau ā-hinengaro nei ka taea te reo Māori i ēnei wāhi, e tika ana hoki kia pērā, me te tahuri atu ki te whakatiketike ake i tō tātou reo kei ngā wāhi matawhānui e kōrerohia nei. Ina huri mai te tangata ki te whakaiti i a koe me tō kōrero Māori, kia tū tekoteko koe i runga i tō mōhio kua whakatangata whenuatia e koe tō reo rangatira, tō reo motuhake i tōna ake whenua. Anō te mahi rangatira!

      * Hei whakamōhio noa, ko tēnei kōrero nā Hēmi Hēnare i te kerēme o WAI11 e rangona ana. Katoa ngā kaupapa whakaora reo o naianei e tōāi ana i te whakataukī nei hei tūāpapa mā rātou. 

 

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